Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Rape Of Justice

Bogs here, taking a quick blog break in the middle of my relocating and occupational duties to comment on an outrageous incident that happened close to home.

I didn’t know they do criminal background checks on rape victims, did you? Well, they do, and they did, and a 21-year-old woman who was
raped during a Tampa parade over the weekend spent two days in jail while her attacker roamed free.

To give you a little background, Tampa has been celebrating the invasion of a mythological pirate called
Jose Gaspar for ages. Drunken men in pirate costumes – actually the area’s top doctors, lawyers and businessmen – sail in on a pirate ship and “invade” the town every year in an event known as Gasparilla.

During the festivities, the mayor surrenders and hands these invaders the key to the city. Then kiddies compete alongside girls flashing their titties for the plastic beads and other trinkets the salty seadogs toss as they parade down the thoroughfare. And that’s just the daytime parade. The nighttime version, two weeks later, is far more rowdy.

Suffice it to say, there's a lot of drinking and a lot of flesh during Gasparilla.

The woman mentioned above was walking down the street – this is a rather affluent area, I might add, not “the hood” – when she was pulled into an alley and raped in broad daylight. When she sought help, police discovered an old warrant for her arrest and took her to jail. She was denied bail for two days

It turns out the warrant was erroneously issued when the woman was a teen, so her arrest was due to a clerical error that was never corrected.

In jail, the woman was denied her second dose of the
Morning After pill by a medical supervisor, who cited religious objections. The pill prevents conception if taken within 72 hours of the act (two pills are required, and the victim had already taken one). Some people, apparently including the jail's medical supervisor and many pharmacists nationwide, believe using this pill is a form of abortion, and refuse to dispense it.

The police were probably following procedure in arresting and jailing the woman right off the bat. Fortunately, this incident has sparked a
change to that highly questionable procedure.

The medical supervisor, on the other hand, is a misguided moron who should lose her job. It doesn’t seem like the right job for her anyway, seeing as her beliefs render her unable to fulfill its duties.


Not surprisingly, there is already talk about a lawsuits stemming from the woman’s arrest and the circumstances of her incarceration.

But I have an alternative penalty to suggest, at least for the medico: On the chance the rape victim should conceive as a result of her assault, the medico should be forced to provide financial support to the victim's child until he/she reaches 18. Same goes for those pharmacists. It seems a just and germane punishment, and it’s a much bigger financial commitment than any lawsuit is likely to garner.

17 comments:

Hellpig said...

Must be freezing in Florida Bogs

I agree 100%

Pete Bogs said...

it's in the 40s at night...

Anonymous said...

Tampa Police are a bunch of mother fuckers. They are pure shit. They believe they have power to do what ever they want when they have someone in their presence. Fuck them. So many people have been fucked by the tampa police. They are not looked upon as a very professional agency by many people. I hope that this person sues the fuck out of them. They must pay for their immoral behavior. They need to be taught a lesson for their power hungry minds. Were they being robots and not even caring for the safety of one of thier citizens. They did not care one bit for this person. They do not care for any victims. All they care about is making money and having power over people that can not shoot them even in self defense. What was the last time you heard of someone shooting a pig and not being arrested. I thought it was legal to defend ones self in the US.

When a pig dies Im not sad about it. It does make me feel better because of all the bad things that pigs do to people, or do not do for people.

Fuck them all.

Anonymous said...

Your alternative penalty is spot on, Pete.

Wow, hp agrees, I'm impressed! {grin}

Anonymous said...

They should not only provide funding for the care of any child born of this heinous act, they should be required to adopt said child.

Apparently there was a rampant case of the DUMBASS in Tampa.

As for anon's comment about shooting "pigs", I am reminded of the Black Panthers during the 60's. It didn't work for them then and I'm not sure it would work now.

I had a cop friend advise me about getting even with someone you are angry at. When you do you have usually sunk to the level they are, and you didn't like them because of their position. Just a thought.

Pete Bogs said...

thanks, all, for your comments... now the jail worker has a lawyer, and is saying she never talked about religion... the plot thickens...

Sanford B. Hines said...

Take a look at this:

Link

Hellpig said...

Thanks for the link Bogs I just love Ashoura

Pete Bogs said...

sanford - thanks... another case of police with their priorities out of whack...

hell - you are welcome...

Anonymous said...

Sad to say that happened near here.

Sad to say that it would happen anywhere.

Glad to say the police department seems to be taking it seriously. Wonder why it took them so long. Perhaps it was the court case.

Pete Bogs said...

anon - the TPD have been contrite; not so for the Sheriffs' Office...

Jack K. said...

This is just a test.

A couple of the previous comments attributed to anonymous were mine.

Not sure why, but today is another day.

(When I hit preview this comment came up with the correct attribution. Now to see if publishing will make a difference.)

Jack K. said...

It worked.

Pete Bogs said...

jack - I switched to the Google version of Blogger, and suddenly some of my comments are anonymous... hopefully it won't last...

Aunty Belle said...

Bawgs, uh...does ya have a favorite, colts or bears, giraffes of gorillas? Movin' keepin' ya' al tied up?

Hellpig said...

Da Bears

Bogs I hope you are well,wooried about you in recent storm........

I re-worked my Blog no longer a Pelosi Blog,back to Hellpig basics

comment verification WTF?

Pete Bogs said...

hell - I am ok, thanks... those storms were well north of here... have been slowly unpacking from my move, but will be back on the blog tomorrow...

comment verification is temporary... have been getting bogus (ad) comments...

enjoy da game!